Jonathan Rea has been cleared to race by doctors at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne after a test crash on Tuesday left his race weekend in question. Rea crashed at Turn 3 on the Phillip Island circuit after his Honda caught fire. Though he said he felt “a bit like a FMXer that just f**ked up a record attempt at the longest distance double backflip. Pretty much look like that guy too!” Rea’s doctors have discharged him with clearance to race. “He’s on his way back to Phillip Island with an all-clear from the hospital docs,” Castrol Honda announced, adding a picture of Rea eating dinner for good measure.
Rea was third fastest overall with the time set before his crash at the WSBK test at Phillip Island. Mean while Rea’s teammate Ruben Xaus, who will start his 200th WSBK race this weekend, lingered back in thirteenth position. Carlos Checa was in a land all his own at the front.